Christmas food can be rather rich and heavy, so I like the fact that these chocolate brownies contain some of the classic christmas tastes – chocolate, orange, spices – but have a refreshing lightness to them as well. The chili/cayenne also gives a bit of a hit, which is kind of nice!
food processor or nut grinder
100g brazil nuts
40g chocolate powder (either raw chocolate powder or cocoa powder)
2 Tbs (30ml) syrup (agave, sweet freedom, maple or coconut nectar etc)
2 Tbs (20g) coconut sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
pinch salt (optional)
pinch chili or cayenne powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1.5 tsp orange zest
Process the brazil nuts for about 10-15 seconds until they are like breadcrumbs (alternatively you can grind them in a nut grinder and then mix everything together by hand).
Add the rest of the ingredients and process again till everything is combined.
Press the mix into a square or rectangular tin to about 1 cm deep, then cut into squares or rectangles and carefully turn out.
Note: if you omit the orange zest, cinnamon and nutmeg this is still a delicious brownie recipe and suitable for any time of the year